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The Apthorps, an opera in one act

from Music for Various Instrumentations by Juan Calderon

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This is a MIDI mockup of a symbolist opera I began to conceive in 2014. It is inspired by castle-like atmosphere of Upper West side architecture in which I imagine a dazed existence in a world disconnected from the realities of the sorrounding urban landscape outside of a particular palace enclosure.


from Music for Various Instrumentations, track released June 17, 2020


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Juan Calderon New York, New York

My musical language has been influenced by my teaching practice as well as the personal relationship I’ve developed with the guitar as an improviser. I dedicate two to three hours to composing and playing everyday and I spend an hour on each aspect of a particular project such as sketching ideas, notation and transferring to a publishing software. ... more

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